Michael Gerson / Politics

The Next Epidemic

WASHINGTON -- "Of all the things that could kill more than 10 million people around the world," writes philanthropist Bill Gates in The New England Journal of Medicine, "the most likely is an epidemic stemming from either natural causes or ...

How to Block a Bad Deal With Iran

WASHINGTON -- It is the common temptation of Republicans and Democrats to support a strong executive when it does things they like, and to condemn it when it does things they don't. There is, however, a group of committed institutionalists that ...

Hillary's Nixonian Path to Office

WASHINGTON -- The effective kickoff of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign was an act of deck clearing so breathtaking, so brazen, that it remains difficult to process.

A former secretary of state summoned reporters to the United Nations, ...

Inequality's Effects on Kids

WASHINGTON -- It is rare for a work of sociology to leave readers choking back emotion. Max Weber and Emile Durkheim were not known for writing tearjerkers. But Robert Putnam's "Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis" is sociology as story, as ...

Cotton letter: The roughest of drafts

WASHINGTON -- The true scandal of the Tom Cotton letter to Iranian leaders is the manner in which the Republican Senate apparently conducts its affairs.

The document was crafted by a senator with two months of experience under his belt. It was ...

Viewing Ferguson from Selma

WASHINGTON -- The juxtaposition of the Justice Department's damning Ferguson report and President Obama's fine speech to mark the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday was coincidental. But the founders of the civil rights movement would certainly ...